Meaning of “avert” in the English Dictionary

"avert" in American English

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avertverb [ T ]

us /əˈvɜrt/

avert verb [ T ] (PREVENT)

to prevent something bad from happening; avoid:

The last-minute agreement averted renewed fighting.

avert verb [ T ] (TURN AWAY)

to turn away your eyes or thoughts:

The shy man was standing before me, his eyes averted.

(Definition of “avert” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"avert" in Business English

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avertverb [ T ]

uk /əˈvɜːt/ us

to prevent something bad from happening:

avert a crisis/disaster He argued that the way to avert an economic crisis is for individuals to follow their usual spending habits.
avert industrial action/a strike By law, the president may appoint a board to avert a strike that could result in widespread interruption of U.S. rail service.

(Definition of “avert” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)